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Inaugural National Security Speaker Series

November 11th, 2013 | Posted in Events

November2013Leveraging its scholarly expertise and programmatic excellence in military history, political science, economics, peace policy studies and cyber security, the University of North Texas announced today that it has established the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series on national security.

Retired Admiral James Stavridis, chairman of the U.S. Naval Institute Board of Directors and the first Navy officer to have served as both commander of the U.S. European Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, is the inaugural speaker. Stavridis’ lecture, “Sailing the Cyber Seas: The New Realities of 21st Century Security,” is scheduled for noon Dec. 3 at the Tower Club in Dallas.

UNT alumnus Ernie W. Kuehne Jr. (’66) has pledged $300,000 to support the series, which will present three speakers each year. Kuehne, who will be honored in April 2014 with the UNT Distinguished Alumni Award, also recently led efforts to raise more than $3 million in 30 days for a basketball training facility, a state-of-the-art scoreboard in the UNT Coliseum and scholarships for Mean Green Athletics.

He says his most recent gift is intended to highlight UNT’s established programs in political science, history, military history, economics, peace studies, sustainability, logistics, cyber security, computer science, engineering and experimental sciences.

“No other university in this region is prepared to leverage scientists, engineers, philosophers and policy makers from such a wide array of disciplines to advance our understanding of national and economic security,” Kuehne said. “I wanted to help UNT play a greater role in those global conversations.”

Vice President of Advancement Michael Monticino said the speaker series offers UNT an opportunity to highlight the nationally and internationally recognized programs and faculty engaged in multidisciplinary research related to national security issues.

“Ernie Kuehne’s generous gift demonstrates once again that he is among UNT’s most visionary and ardent supporters,” Monticino said.

The first UNT Kuehne Speaker Series will be presented in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to promoting international awareness and cross-cultural understanding in North Texas.

The series lineup for the 2013-2014 season of the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series includes:

Dec. 3: The inaugural UNT Kuehne Speaker Series will feature Admiral James Stavridis, chairman of the U.S. Naval Institute and the first Navy officer to have served as both commander of the U.S. European Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Feb. 4: Gen. Michael Hayden, retired United States Air Force four-star general and former director of the National Security Agency and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is scheduled to speak Feb. 4.

May 6: Author and geopolitical analyst Robert D. Kaplan, who was named one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine for his work including The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, is scheduled to speak May 6.

Tickets for each speaker in the series are available for $45 for UNT alumni and World Affair Council members and $60 for non-members and may be purchased online at

Saxophone player Walt Weiskopf in Concert Nov. 26

November 11th, 2013 | Posted in Events

Tenor saxophone player Walt Weiskopf, pictured below, will play in concert with UNT’s renowned One O’Clock Lab Band on Nov. 26.

SaxophoneThe One O’Clock Lab Band welcomes critically-acclaimed saxophone player, composer and author Walt Weiskopf as its guest artist for a concert in Winspear Hall in Denton at 8 p.m. Nov. 26 (Tuesday).

The band recently released its CD Lab 2013, an homage to its hometown of Denton, which will be available for purchase at the concert.

“Walt is simply one of the most accomplished musicians in the world today,” said One O’Clock Lab Band Director Steve Wiest. “He has made an important impact on the world of tenor sax as well as the field of jazz pedagogy. We are all very excited to have him here and to play his original compositions with him. I can guarantee that it will be an exciting show!”

Weiskopf began his New York career performing with the Buddy Rich Big Band. He has released 12 critically-acclaimed CDs and has numerous sideman credits, including performances and recordings with Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan and Donald Fagen. Weiskopf has written books on improvisation and currently teaches part-time at Temple University in Philadelphia.

The Nov. 26 concert starts at 8 p.m. in Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, in Denton. The concert will also be streamed online at

Ticket are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors, non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty, staff and retirees, and groups of 10 or more; free for UNT students with valid ID. UNT student tickets must be picked up in person at the Murchison Box Office. Purchase tickets online at or by calling the Murchison Box Office at 940-369-7802.


Career Corner

November 11th, 2013 | Posted in Career Corner


For a list of upcoming Career Center Activities, like workshops and career fairs, check out

Partner Profile

November 11th, 2013 | Posted in Partner Profiles


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Calendar of Events

November 11th, 2013 | Posted in Events



November 14
Ring Ceremony
Gateway Ballroom

November 19
A Cappella Choir
Blessed are they … 75th Anniversary Concert
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center

November 23
UNTAA Pavilion Party – Senior Day
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. UTSA Football
Apogee Stadium

November 26
One O’Clock Lab Band
Walt Weiskopf, saxophone and Steve Wiest, director
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center


December 3
UNT Kuehne Speaker Series will feature Admiral James Stavridis

December 7
Sounds of the Holidays: An Evening with North Texas Jazz
Jazz Singers and One O’Clock Lab Band
Jennifer Barnes and Steve Wiest, directors
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center

December 13-14
UNT Commencement

UNT Commencement Reception
Gateway Ballroom


February 4
UNT Kuehne Speaker Series featuring Gen. Michael Hayden


March 1
Second Annual University of North Texas Graduate Exhibition

March 5
Emerald Eagle Honors
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center


April 11
Alumni Awards
Gateway Ballroom


May 6
UNT Kuehne Speaker Series featuring Robert D. Kaplan

Mean Green Fitness Tip

November 11th, 2013 | Posted in Mean Green Fitness Tip

shutterstock_124603837As we enter the holiday season again it is important to remember that maintaining your health is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself, as well as your loved ones.  One way to help maintain your health during the holiday season is to manage how much you eat.  Specifically, try to control your portion sizes to minimize the potential for overeating.  This may be difficult to do because of all the delicious food and holiday treats that you will encounter, but here are several tips to help you fight the battle against the holiday bulge.  (The following tips are from WebMD,

At Home:
Use smaller dishes at meals.
Serve food in the appropriate portion amounts and don’t go back for seconds.
Put away any leftovers in separate, portion-controlled amounts. Consider freezing the portions you likely won’t eat for a while.
Never eat out of the bag or carton.
Don’t keep platters of food on the table; you are more likely to “pick” at it or have a second serving without even realizing it.

At Restaurants:
Ask for half or smaller portions.
Eyeball your appropriate portion, set the rest aside, and ask for a doggie bag right away. Servings at many restaurants are often big enough to provide meals for two days.
If you have dessert, share.

At The Supermarket:
Beware of “mini-snacks” — tiny crackers, cookies, and pretzels. Most people end up eating more than they realize, and the calories add up.
Choose foods packaged in individual serving sizes.
If you’re the type who eats ice cream out of the carton, pick up ice cream sandwiches or other individual size servings.

For more portion control and nutrition tips please visit:

Don’t Forget–
Rec Center Spring Memberships go on sale December 1!
All active Alumni Association members can get a membership to the Pohl Rec Center on campus!

Alumni Spring Memberships:
Spring: $135 (valid January 2-May 10)

Spring & Summer: $265 (valid January 2-August 8)

Stop by the Rec Center any time it is open for a tour and more information, or visit

UNT News Briefs

November 11th, 2013 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

The center has earned the AFCPE Outstanding Financial Counseling and Planning Center Award for 2013. The national award is given to a center that has demonstrated its effectiveness in the community, responded to needs of its target audience and delivered materials appropriate for its audience.

UNT fashion

College of Visual Arts and Design associate professor Li-Fen Anny Chang and graduate student Chanjuan Chen each received two awards at the International Textile and Apparel Association’s Annual Conference Held in New Orleans Louisiana on Oct. 18.

Dr. David Schultz, chair of the Department of Physics in UNT’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been named associate vice president for research and economic development.

UNT student Atticus Shaskan was recently awarded four scholarships from the College of Education to help pay for his last year of school. Shaskan is pursuing a degree in education in hopes of helping other high school students develop the same love of reading his teachers gave him.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

November 11th, 2013 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Alumna Mandy Stewart selected as PDK Emerging Leader
Mary Amanda Stewart

Mary Amanda Stewart, (’12 Ph.D.) now an assistant professor at Texas Woman’s University, has been named a PDK Emerging Leader for her research and advocacy of adolescent English learners, particularly those that are new arrivals, undocumented, or lack formal education.
Full story…

College offers a new way for professionals to earn a degree
UNT is offering a way to maximize your earning potential with an online master’s degree. The Accelerated Online Master’s Program is made for individuals who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree but whose busy lifestyle doesn’t fit with a traditional on-campus class schedule. Learn more about the College of Education’s MEd in Educational Leadership, including principal certification

Students awarded Kappa Delta Pi scholarships
Two University of North Texas students — Hannah McDonald, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying English language arts, and Rania Salman, a doctoral candidate in the College of Education’s Department of Teacher Education and Administration —were awarded scholarships from Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education. Continued online…

College of Engineering

Save the Date!
Keep up with upcoming College of Engineering-related events at

Emerald Eagles Honors

Join us March 5, 2014!
Emerald Eagle Honors:  Recognizing a Lifetime of Contributions to the American Landscape
The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas 
6:00 p.m. Reception and 7:30 p.m. Program

The Emerald Eagle Honors evening raises funds in support of the university’s premier college-access scholarship program to help more students achieve their educational dreams at UNT.  The 2014 honorees for this annual event are North Texas alumni actor Peter Weller, actress and former sportscaster, 1971 Miss America Phyllis George, and another honoree expected to be announced later this year.

All proceeds from the sale of tickets and corporate sponsorships will benefit the Emerald Eagle Scholars program, which helps high-achieving but financially challenged students pursue their college dreams. The program provides students with financial and academic support and campus connections to help them succeed in college and earn their degrees. It has allowed nearly 3,500 students – most of whom are first generation college students – to attend UNT.

To learn more about sponsorships or to buy tickets to the event, call Molly Morgan, Director of UNT Foundation Marketing and Communications, at 940-565-4555 or

Mayborn School of Journalism

Two Mayborn School of Journalism Alums in the news:
Graham Douglas

Graham Douglas (’05), who will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award at UNT next spring, was named one of this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 in Marketing and Advertising for his award-winning work as creative director at the New York City-based ad agency Droga5.

Christena Dowsett

Christena Dowsett (’10), recently completed the XXVI Eddie Adams Workshop in Jeffersonville, NY. This workshop is a premiere gathering of photographers – all of whom are selected based on the merit of their portfolios. Dowsett is a freelance photographer in East Africa.

College of Music

A Cappella Choir’s 75th Anniversary Concert
Blessed are they …

A Cappella ChoirThe A Cappella Choir traces its roots back to the tenure of music dean Wilfred Bain, who from 1938 to 1947 exponentially expanded the enrollment and reputation of the music program with the help of A Cappella Choir statewide tours, radio broadcasts and performances with the Dallas and Houston Symphony Orchestras. On November 19, current conductor Jerry McCoy will lead the group in celebrating its 75th season with Blessed are they…, a concert commemorating several anniversaries. In remembrance of President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death, the choir presents Herbert Howells’ beautiful Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, commissioned for Kennedy’s memorial service and now considered a masterpiece of 20th-century choral music. And in honor of the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth, the choir will sing his festival cantata Rejoice in the Lamb. Tickets are $10 ($8 for alumni association members) and available at or by calling 940-369-7802.

Mark Your Calendars for Sounds of the Holidays: An Evening with North Texas Jazz

Get into the spirit of the season this December 7 at Sounds of the Holidays: An Evening with North Texas Jazz. For only $3, you’ll hear the famed One O’Clock Lab Band play favorites like “Frosty the Snowman” and “Sleigh Ride” in original arrangements by UNT students, as well as historic jazzy takes on Christmas like the Ellington/Strayhorn version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutracker Suite. The Jazz Singers get in on the action with tunes including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Silent Night.”  Tickets are $3 and available at or by calling 940-369-7802.

UNT’s College of Music fall 2013 season features festivals, guest artists, celebrations and family events

For a complete list of UNT College of Music events, including faculty and student recitals, visit the College of Music online calendar at For ticket information for performances at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, call the box office at 940-369-7802 or visit the center’s website at Some concerts are streamed live online at 

Toulouse Graduate School
Save the Date

The Toulouse Graduate School, along with the Graduate Student Council, is sponsoring the second annual University of North Texas Graduate Exhibition, Saturday March 1, 2014. This exhibition is designed to showcase the diversity, passion, and accomplishments of doctoral and MFA students at UNT. On Saturday morning MFA visual artists and doctoral students will exhibit their academic talents in the University Union. In the afternoon doctoral students from the College of Music will exhibit their academic talents in the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

All presenters will be judged and $10,000 will be awarded in prizes. Judging will focus on how well presenters explain what they have done, why they did it, and what they want the average person to understand about the significance of their work. In other words, presentations will not be judged strictly on the technical aspects of the discipline represented by the research, scholarship, or creative activity.

Consider being a judge and joining us for this celebration of graduate eduation at UNT. No special expertise will be required. Go to for more information.

Wear your green every Friday and win!
Mean Green Pride

This year your Mean Green Pride can be extra rewarding. Simply upload a photo of yourself wearing your green to Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #UNTPRIDE, for the chance to win a $50 gift card to Walmart, Target or a local Denton business. Every week until November 30, we’ll select three winners. You could be one!

Wearing your green can also save you money. Visit to see what local businesses are offering you just for wearing your green. The campaign stands as a reminder that we are the home team for Denton, so get your green on and save.

If you’re still searching for ways to showcase your UNT pride visit or visit Barnes and Noble ( for their 25% OFF sale on Champion branded apparel November 11-24 in stores, and online.

Go Mean Green!

UNT System Human Resources

Job Postings

Have you ever considered working for your alma mater?  With other 10,300 employees throughout the DFW metroplex, UNT System is a growing, dynamic employer.  We have exciting career opportunities in many career fields, including legal, facilities planning and development, IT shared services, business services, culinary services, and administration roles to name a few. View the positions below and many more at

Facilities Construction Manager

Will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Construction Services for Auxiliary Services, Housing, and Dining.    Work requires a high degree of independent judgement and authority under the direction of the Director of Facilities Management & Construction.

ERP Programmer Analyst II – Application Development Lead

Will perform the analytical and supervisory work in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of programmers in designing, maintaining, and coordinating the operation of computer information systems for the Student Finance components of the PeopleSoft Enterprise Application.  Involves direct programming work in both development and maintenance projects and troubleshooting errors.

Accountant IV

This position plays a key role in the day to day operations of journal approvals, chart of account maintenance, account reconciliations, and process improvement.  In addition to these duties this position plays a vital role in the preparing the annual financial report.

For more information contact the recruiting team at


2013 Football Schedule

The 2013 North Texas Mean Green football schedule of opponents has been released.  For additional information go to or visit

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UNT Letter Winners

Attention UNT Letter winners!

The Athletic Department is updating their records and asking all letter winners to provide their contact information.  If you lettered in any sport during your time at North Texas please email your current contact information to Reggie Johnson at

Be sure to include your Name, address, email, preferred phone number, your sport played and the years you played.